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Eagle Creek Expanse Luggage Review for Family Travel

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Seeking durable luggage for family travel? Look no further than Eagle Creek. This company of travelers and innovators has been perfecting luggage and duffels to improve the travel experience since 1975. Their stuff is made to withstand a beating and even comes with a lifetime warranty. Whether flying overseas, embarking on a road trip with kids, or heading to a campsite, you know Eagle Creek will get your family’s belongings to your destination safe and sound. I took their wheeled Expanse Drop Bottom Duffel and Expanse Flatbed for a spin. Read on for my full Eagle Creek Expanse review.

Best Durable Luggage for Family Travel ~ Eagle Creek Expanse Review AND GIVEAWAY!

Eagle Creek’s Expanse Line

Eagle Creek‘s Drop Bottom Duffel and Flatbed are duffel bag/suitcases that are part of their Expanse line. Both are equipped with sturdy treaded wheels to help you navigate over rough terrain. This means easy steering, whether you’re an outdoorsy family or you’ll be rambling over cobblestones in European cities. These roomy bags can stow all sorts of family gear. Plus, they come with external lash points for securing bags to the car rooftop for extra space on family road trips.

The Eagle Creek Expanse Drop Bottom Duffel and Flat Bed easily fit into the back of my minivan along with my daughter and dog! ~ Durable Luggage for Family Travel

The Eagle Creek Expanse Drop Bottom Duffel and Flatbed easily fit into the back of my messy minivan along with my daughter and dog! (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Eagle Creek Expanse Drop Bottom Duffel

The Drop Bottom Duffel’s namesake feature, the Drop Bottom compartment, provides a zip-away divider to separate camping gear from clothing. You could also use this zipped area to separate dirty and clean clothing during any type of travel. Additionally, the Drop Bottom’s sturdy duffel handle makes it easy to carry over terrain not suitable for wheels. The Drop Bottom Duffel comes in one roomy size: 14 x 32 x 16 inches and weighs in at 8 pounds, 4 ounces. You can really cram a lot of travel gear and other goodies into this baby.

Eagle Creek's Drop Bottom Duffel boasts a roomy compartment for camping gear, dirty clothing or teddy bears ~ Durable Luggage for Family Travel
Eagle Creek’s Drop Bottom Duffel boasts a roomy compartment for camping gear, dirty clothing or teddy bears (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Eagle Creek Expanse Flatbed

Similar to the Drop Bottom Duffel, the Flatbed offers a separate compartment, but it’s much smaller. The Flatbed is more of a standard and sturdy suitcase that can be used as a duffel. Like the Drop Bottom, it’s got duffel handles on four sides, making it easy to load in and out of the car. It comes in two sizes, both with plenty of room to store your family’s stuff. Choose the 32-inch (16 x 32 x 12.25 inches; 9 pounds, 4 ounces) or 29-inch (16 x 29 x 12 inches; 8 pounds 14 ounces).

The Eagle Creek Expanse Flat Bed stands up on its wheels but also has duffel handles on four sides ~ Durable Luggage for Families
The Eagle Creek Expanse Flatbed stands up on its wheels but also has duffel handles on four sides (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Drop Bottom Duffel vs. Flatbed

If you’re trying to decide between the two pieces of luggage for family travel, I can provide a little insight. For travelers planning to use the bag for frequent camping trips, I’d say the Drop Bottom should be your pick. Meanwhile, the Expanse Flatbed stands up on its own and therefore would be my pick for flights. For road trips, it’s a toss up. Eagle Creek’s Drop Bottom Duffel and Flatbed are versatile and can be used for any kind of travel. Why not get both?

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Eagle Creek Expanse Drop Bottom Duffel on left and Flat Bed on right ~ Durable Luggage for Family Travel
Eagle Creek Expanse Drop Bottom Duffel on left and Flatbed on right (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Eagle Creek Expanse Giveaway

Enter to win both of these pieces of Eagle Creek Expanse luggage for family travel using the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents ages 18+ only. No purchase is necessary. Read additional terms and conditions.
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A Note from The Travel Mama: This giveaway is sponsored by Eagle Creek. I received sample product and will receive compensation related to this story.
About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin, MBA, is the founder and editor-in-chief of the popular travel blog, She is an expert in travel with kids and without. As the author of the book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents how to make the most of traveling with babies and children. Colleen loves sharing tips on hotels, cruises, spas, theme parks, and global lifestyle topics. When she is not traveling the world, she lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

  1. Paol Trenny says

    I will probably use it most for air travel.

  2. Laurie Nykaza says

    I would use them for road trips we have coming up.

  3. Trisha McKee says

    All of it! But the most use would come out of road trips. We love taking off and traveling to parts we have not yet visited.

  4. Sharon Rooney says

    I would use them for road trips and air travel. I just love that they are expandable.

  5. Kayla klontz says

    I would use them the most for road trips.

  6. We like to road trip, so we’d use them on road trips

  7. Shakeia Rieux says

    These would be used for road trips

  8. I would use them for roadtrips.

  9. Kristen M says

    While mentally packing for an air trip coming up soon, my husband and I realized that we don’t have enough suitcases for all 5 family members. We’ve never all been on a plane at the same time. Ooops! When we camp, each family members is allowed 1 rubbermaid for packing. I don’t think rubbermaids will cut it this time. 🙂

  10. Laurie Emerson says

    I will use these for a combination of road and air travel trips.

  11. Carolyn Daley says

    I would use the luggage for road trips. We live 3-4 hours away from Key West and 3 hours away from Orlando.

  12. Susan Chester says

    I would use these for a couple Oregon road trips we have planned.

  13. I would probably use them most for road trips.

  14. Tina reynolds says

    I would say tie between road trips and camping

  15. EVERYTHING I HAVE nothing this nice!!

  16. Jennifer Marie says

    I would use them for road trips!

  17. Shannan Richards says


  18. Richard Hicks says

    Will use them for several things but mostly road trips

  19. Sonya Morris says

    These are so nice! I would use them for road trips!

  20. I would use them mostly for road trips and visiting family.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  21. jeremy mclaughlin says

    Would use mostly for road trips.

  22. I would use these every time that we travel! I would also use them for camping this Summer! 🙂

  23. These would be perfect for both road trips and camping – love it!

  24. I would use it most for camping!

  25. Mandi Smith says

    definitely would use it on my annual family camping trip, as well as when my family goes up to the camper during the summer

  26. Road trips and hopefully camping. Don’t fly very much.

  27. cheryl larimer says

    A little bit of everything. Air travel; car trips; fishing trips; long weekend getaways.

  28. Probably both camping and road trips. Hopefully we’ll get to get some miles in this summer.

  29. Lindsay Bade says

    We do a lot of camping in the summer. The kids also go to grandma’s which is a 3 hour road trip! This would be perfect for both.

  30. We have some air travel planned later this year, and we might try to squeeze in a road trip to the beach later this summer.

  31. Stephanie V. says

    all of the above!!!

  32. We generally fly but have several road trips ahead!

  33. carol clark says

    going on road trips is what we would use them for

  34. This is awesome and just in time for some summer traveling. I have a road trip to Lake George and Martha’s Vineyards. Air trip to Charleston for a cruise and Exuma in August. I can’t wait.

  35. Road trips! Where I tend to bring more items in case of emergencies!

  36. air travel!

  37. Audrey Stewart says

    Camping is what we do the most of. This set is perfect for any travel.

  38. I would love to win and use Eagle Creek bags for road trips, and air travel
    Thank You for the chance!

  39. Alanna f says

    I would use this to go to Florida!

  40. iamalighthouse says

    I’d use this for air travel for sure!!

  41. Judy Schechter says

    I am desperately in need of new luggage! I’d use it for road trips and visits to my best friend’s place! Thank you for the chance to win this wonderful prize!

  42. I would be using these equally for travelling on Amtrak to visit family and camping. 🙂 TY for the great review & giveaway!

  43. This will be perfect for air travel!

  44. I will use my Eagle Creek bags mostly for air travel.

  45. Dorothea Collington says

    First , it will be on a air trip that I’ll be going on at the end of the month , then , I’d love to take a road trip and finally I like to go camping one day .

  46. Michele Cupp says

    We would use these a lot on road trips.

  47. Tracie Cooper says

    I will be using this luggage for road trips!

  48. I would use this luggage for road trips.

  49. melissa craig says

    these bags are awesome, first and foremost I would use them for Air travel because the color is vibrant and you could see it easily at baggage claim, but I can see myself also using them for my kids when packing them up for sleep away camp

  50. kathy Persons says

    We take more road trips than any other mode of travel

  51. Darlene Carbajal says

    I would use it for road trips!

  52. These would be great for road trips!

  53. billie beal says

    I’m ready for a trip I just need luggage to pack lol

  54. Holly Thomas says

    We would probably use it the most on road trips. We have family 6-13 hours away from us that we visit frequently.

  55. Definitely road trips!

  56. Hayley S says

    We would probably use it most for road trips! Although now that the kids are starting to get a little older Id like to go camping more!

  57. Cindy Ramirez says

    I would use them for air travel- the current suitcases I have have taken a beaten and so those I will keep to use for road trips. That way, if something breaks, it won’t be in the middle of a foreign country.

  58. Mary Beth Elderton says

    We love to make long weekend road trips. Sometimes we just choose a direction and go that way 🙂

  59. I would use them for road trips the most.

  60. JULIE MATEK says

    We would use these for air travel:) thanks

  61. Toni | Boulder Locavore says

    This looks amazing! It looks so stylish and durable! Will have to check this out!

  62. Hali @daytodayMOMents says

    I might have to look into this, looks really nice. We travel all the time and have to get some new additions as my kids are getting older. 🙂

  63. I would use it for going away or camping trip or just to a friends house for a few days too. It’s always nice to pack stuff neatly in a duffel bag rather then a plastic bag what we have been doing ha ha.

  64. What an awesome luggage set! I should look into getting this, we are traveling more and it’s always nice to have good luggage.

  65. Dawn Lopez says

    Eagle Creek luggage looks like a great quality line. I like that they hold a lot of stuff. That is a very important feature when I travel!

  66. Dawn McAlexander says

    This luggage looks so awesome! I love big luggage sets like this. I like to pack a lot of stuff when I travel. I need a big luggage set to handle it all.

  67. I tell ya, I am the worst at picking out luggage! I need to get this for my family!

  68. This looks like a great line of luggage. They look like they can hold a lot.

  69. That is such a nice luggage set. I could really use this for my family. It would be perfect for when we go on trips.

  70. Chelley @ A is For Adelaide says

    These look amazing and super durable! We would agree- bag for camping (or car trips) and the flat for flights. May just have to get one of each!

  71. gingermommyrants says

    This is a fantastic giveaway. This luggage would be perfect for my next trip. I have been looking for new luggage.

  72. Love that duffle bag! It’s so important to have quality luggage that holds enough for my travels!

  73. Marcie W. says

    Quality luggage is key, especially when traveling via plane. They tend to be extra rough on checked baggage, so anything I purchase must be able to survive that type of aggression.

  74. TColeman says

    This luggage looks incredible! I am definitely in need of some new pieces.

  75. Mommy Moment says

    I am looking for a good luggage set for my girl for her next birthday.
    I love the size of this duffel. Big enough to put all the necessities in but still compact!

  76. Jeanette says

    My luggage is on its last leg and I am in desperate need of something new. I’ll be checking this out. Thank you!

  77. Road trips and camping, for sure! We also have to travel a lot for medical appointments so this would be perfect!

  78. My suitcase just died, and I am in the market for something new. I love this duffel.

  79. That duffel is awesome! We are definitely duffel people, we always pack duffel’s instead of suitcases. I always bought the cheapest one the store had until a friend bought us an expensive brand, now I would never use anything else. Good luggage isn’t just convenient when travelling, it’s a necessity.

  80. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says

    I will not sacrifice quality on my luggage. I travel all the time, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that good luggage cannot be over emphasized.

  81. robin rue says

    Good luggage is a MUST for people who travel a lot. I am going to look into getting this duffel for my family!

  82. camping

  83. Natalie U says

    We tend to do more short road trips, so definitely for this!

  84. I will use them for road trips and air travel.

  85. Cheryl B says

    I will use these mainly for road trips.

  86. Tiffany Dayton says

    I would use them for taking a trip.

  87. I would use it most for road trips.

  88. I will use it for our road trips!

  89. Tracy Shafer says

    We do lots of camping so will probably use for that.

  90. Angela P says

    Fot all kinds of travel, work trips, pleasure trips, weekend getaways etc

  91. Patti Newton says

    I would love this. The airlines delivered my luggage back to me sans one wheel 🙁

  92. Jill Rivera says

    I would use it for a road trip to Niagara Falls. The bag would hold tons of stuff.

  93. Tiffany Tepper says

    I was just thinking we need some new bags for travel. The bigger my son gets the harder it is to pack in one bag. These are great.

  94. Francesca says

    I’d use these bags for all kinds of travel! We’re doing a Dakotas road trip later this month and camping along the way. I’m thinking these bags would be perfect for that trip!

  95. Steve Weber says

    I would use them most for air travel.

  96. Stephanie Phelps says

    We will be using it all the time for road trips! These are awesome bags!

  97. Ashley C says

    I would use it the most for road trips and air travel!

  98. I would use this for road trips.

  99. Michelle Donovan says

    Mainly road trips but we do occasionally fly one a year and these would be great!

  100. Onyinye Elochukwu says

    I would use them to travel back to my home country this summer to visit family.

  101. velder S Dixon says

    Mostly for road trips

  102. Cami Valenzuela says

    For me road trips. We take a lot of road trips to see family. Thanks for a chance.

  103. I would use these bags mostly for air travel.

  104. Marilyn Nawara says

    I would be using them for air travel — Vegas Baby!

  105. James Stringham says

    I would use these bags for road trips.

  106. I would use them for road trips.

  107. Mr. S. BARMAN says

    These pieces of luggage would be too large as carry on luggage for airline flight.

  108. Richard Bynum says

    I would use it most for road trips.

  109. oh I need this for all cruises I’m gonna win

  110. Cynthia C says

    I would use them mostly for road trips.

  111. Jeanne Coulombe says

    I would use it for our short trips and air travel we need some new luggage 🙂

  112. Joseph Fleming says

    Nice gear. This is functional for trips. And it is stylish.

  113. Wendy R. says

    These would go on lots of road trips with us!

  114. Seyma Shabbir says

    I would love this for road trips and camping with my sons.

  115. I would use Eagle Creek bags most for road trips.

  116. I would use the Eagle Creek bags for both road trips and air travel. Our family doesn’t camp much.

  117. Ann Fantom says

    If I won, I would use the Eagle Creek Expanse 2-Piece Luggage Set for road trips the most

  118. Air travel

  119. Michelle says

    I’d use these mostly for air travel, as we live in Hawaii.

  120. emely flores says

    I would use this luggage for air trip that i would be taking to see my grandmother.

  121. We would use these for our up coming trip to Virginia! ????

  122. Joey Simmonds says

    I am a road trip crazy person. I go somewhere at least once a month. My old suitcase is worn out. I will have to replace it soon.

  123. Cathleen King says

    I would use them when I’m going on vacation.

  124. shannon fowler says

    Id use it for our honeymoon.

  125. Linda Kish says

    I would use them more for road trips.

  126. I’ll use it for all of those! Probably mostly road trips.

  127. Margaret Smith says

    Mostly for road trips. I travel by train often to visit family.

  128. air travel!

  129. Sapana V says

    These luggage bags look spacious and are perfect for long vacations.

  130. Ellie Wright says

    We would use these for camping and our upcoming road trip to New Orleans.

  131. Sandy Klocinski says

    Road Trips

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